During my first year of college, a girl came up to me and said, “Can I sit with you?” Anushka, and I have never stopped chatting since that day.We explored every inch of South Bombay together.
She introduced me to my next love in Bombay, ‘Alliance Française’ the French Embassy near Jai Hind College, which was conveniently close to our hostels in Colaba. Every Monday Alliance Francaise had free movie screenings in foreign languages. So you knew where to find me, after college on a Monday evening.
The best part of the Monday movie screenings was getting the pamphlet for the Best foreign films that were awarded at major Film festivals. To my astonishment, films were shown from the Dharmashala film festivals as well.
On Film Festivals Days, Alliance Fraincase showed two or three foreign films in a day. If we were lucky we would be able to attend two. Anushka and I sat for hours devouring films in Greek, Czech, Dutch, Español, Russian and Vietnamese films.
The beauty in watching foreign films lie in it’s simplicity.
My favorite was a Dutch film I watched where this old lady had ALS (remember that Ice bucket we all took! Yeah it was to raise awareness to this disease). ALS slowly yet gradually paralyzes one. The whole story revolved around how this old lady wanted to avoid precisely that and pop a pill.
She invites her entire family over Christmas to say her last goodbye. She had consensus among her family members with her decision.
The way the film sustained my interest was marvelous beyond belief as there was no background score, presented with simple dialogues, shoot as if you were in the room with them.
All in all, I never felt more welcomed in someones home than in this particular film.